July 16, 1998 the doors to the Dove Project opened to serve women who have been victims of domestic violence and to their children. The Dove Project came into existence as a result of a Victims of Crime Act grant funded by the Texas Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Justice Division. The first grant was written by city secretary, Jan Beaver, with the assistance of Beth Stokes, director of the Central Texas Council of Governments.
The Dove Project, a program of the City of San Saba, authorized then City Manager, Joe Ragsdale to hire a director and assistant director. Georgia Harris was hired as the director and Cindy Stafford was assistant. In December 1998 Cindy went to work for City Hall and Sabrina Maultsby was then hired.
The Dove Project has proven to be an invaluable resource to the community in that it serves between 150-200 persons a year.
People coming to the Dove Project receive crisis intervention counseling services, shelter for domestic violence victims, professional counseling services, and referrals to other helping agencies.
The celebration will include a FunFair/HealthFair with various agencies participating on Wednesday, July 16 at the San Saba Health Services Center, west side parking lot. There will be a giant waterslide and free hotdogs, sausages, and drinks as well as a celebratory cake.